A YEAR IN MUSIC: TEXAS TORNADOS – Texas Tornados (1990)

Review by: Roland Bruynesteyn

Texas Tornados is a Tex Mex super group, consisting of Doug Sahm, Augie Meyers, Freddy Fender, Flaco Jimenez and others. This their debut album is great fun. Every song features the accordion, which you really have to like to like the album. Compared to say Los Lobos the music sounds on the whole more happy, and a little less rock and roll. Most songs have a very happy vibe, great for dancing parties, because they’re rhythmically simple: (Hey Baby) Que Paso, Dinero and Soy de San Luis are the best examples of this.

Adios Mexico is a bit more in the old Sir Douglas Quintet vein, sort of a speeded up version of Mendocino, his great hit from the 60’s. Freddy Fender has the least generic sounding voice, sounding a little like a cross between Neil Young the balladeer and Percy Sledge. He sings the two (sad) love songs, A Man Can Cry and If That’s What You’re Thinking. Nice!

Author: tomymostalas


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